If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. When startups are hiring marketing folks, that’s usually a good sign. Not just contracting, but actually bringing those folks on board.
And it’s starting to happen. ShopIgniter recently brought on Kevin Tate to head up its marketing group. And now, Urban Airship has announced that Brent Hieggelke has joined as chief marketing officer. Read More
Even in a sluggish market, the vacation rental business is booming. And Portland-based Second Porch has been at the forefront, helping Facebook users keep their vacation homes filled with renters—all by promoting their vacation homes to the people in their social graph.
Second Porch has been doing so well, in fact, that the worldwide leader in vacation rentals just snapped them up. Second Porch has been acquired by HomeAway. Read More
It’s Friday. And that means it’s time for the weekly jobs post. If you’re looking for work, it’s your reminder to take a gander at the Silicon Florist job and gig board. If you’ve got open positions, it’s your reminder that you can post jobs or contracting gigs. (Psst! There’s a discount below.)
Not a lot of premium job postings this week, but there is one from Second Porch that could be a dream gig for any number of you. And Elemental Technologies has a number of open positions as well. There’s even a user experience and information architect from Skype who’s available for work. Read More
Well, it’s Friday. Time to highlight all of the premium jobs on the Silicon Florist job and gig board. Because if you’re looking for work—or talent—in the Portland startup scene, it’s an awfully good place to start.
What’s that? You’ve been meaning to post but just haven’t gotten around to it? No worries. See if this motivates you: just use the promo “sfnew” (without the quotes) and you’ll get 20% off any listing. So get to posting a job or a gig or whatever. If you’re looking for work? Well, you can always post for free. Read More
Well well well, it’s Thursday again. And after a little technical difficulty and then a SXSW-induced hiatus, we’re all back in the studio to bring you another piping hot and fresh episode of memePDX, with all of the hottest tech stories in Portland and beyond.
This week, Cami Kaos and I cover Second Porch securing $1 million in funding, Urban Airship launching AirMail, City of Portland wooing Google Fiber, PRTLND, Google and China, Nexus One, and the Museum of Modern Art acquiring the “@” symbol. Read More
During a SXSW panel on startups in smaller metropolitan areas, I spent some time talking about how venture capital was a bit more difficult to come by in towns like Portland. But I’ll be darned if some awesome Portland startups—like Urban Airship, ShopIgniter, and ActiveTrak—aren’t working to prove me wrong. And now? Another Portland startup has joined the list.
This week, Second Porch announced that they have secured $1 million in investment led by the Oregon Angel Fund. Read More
Merry Christmas Eve! Why are you sitting in front of the computer? Oh. Well okay then. We might as well entertain you with a special holiday edition of memePDX.
This week on memePDX, Cami Kaos and I discuss Second Porch getting funding, Crazy Neighbor, Microsoft patent infringement, NORAD Santa Tracker, and 30 hour day. Read More
It’s the holiday season. And that means all the good startups are getting a little something extra in their stockings. So be good and you might be as lucky as Second Porch—the Portland-based Facebook app that helps vacation home owners market properties to friends and acquaintances—who recently heard that the Oregon Angel Fund had selected the startup to receive angel funding to the tune of $650,000—so long as they meet the requirements of OAF.
Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian caught up with Second Porch to talk about the good news. Read More
I had the opportunity to attend Venture Northwest, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network‘s annual pitch day for early stage startups. You know, kind of like a DEMO or a TechCrunch 50. No cash prizes. But a great deal of opportunity to score some cash, given that the folks at Venture Northwest have the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a roomful of potential investors from throughout the angel and venture capital communities.
Now, Venture Northwest isn’t a tech-centric thing. It’s a startup thing. But there were some interesting tech companies that pitched. So I thought I’d recap for you. Or more appropriately, steal borrow my own recaps from the Venture Northwest guest posts I submitted to TechFlash. Read More
While my blogging empire hasn’t reached the level where I’ve got a “home away from home,” there’s a good chunk of the ever-aging Facebook demographic that does. Maybe it’s a house at the coast. Or maybe it’s a cabin in the mountains. Whatever the case, as the economy continues to tank, those owners are looking for ways to make sure that someone is using those properties—as much as possible.
And that’s where folks like me come into the picture. I’ve got a great deal of interest in renting those properties from time to time—especially if they’re affordable. And when I do, where do I go for recommendations? That’s right: friends and family.
If only there were an app that connected the haves with the have nots. You know, socially. Well, now there is. A Facebook app from Portland called Second Porch. Read More